Daily Archive: July 14, 2013

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National

Black community responds to acquittal of George Zimmerman

Demonstrators react after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Brown) by Herb Boyd and Amity Paye (NNPA)–”How to get away with murder in America – Step 1 – Carry a weapon at all times, Step 2 – Use it to shoot a Black male after you stalk them; Step 3 – Always claim self defense; Step 4 – Lie and keep lying, because Trayvon Benjamin Martin or anyone that looks like him has no right to defend himself. Not in Sanford Florida and not at Fruitville Station. It is a shame that we live in a country where we a young Black man cannot get a fair trial, especially if he is the DEAD victim,” wrote Bertha Lewis, President of The Black Institute, in a statement Saturday.

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International

South Africa: Mandela noted Bard’s words on death

Becky Allan, project curator of the British Museum, holds an edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, which was kept at South Africa’s apartheid-era Robben Island jail in the 1970′s, during a photo call ahead of an upcoming exhibition at the museum, central London. The book, which was kept by political prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam, is signed by 33 inmates – including former South African leader Nelson Mandela. In 1977, he signed his name beside a passage from “Julius Caesar”. The lines are reminiscent of Mandela’s electrifying declaration in a 1960′s courtroom that he was prepared to die for his beliefs; today they carry added poignancy as the 94-year-old former president lies gravely ill in a hospital. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Facing death without fear appealed to Nelson Mandela, then a prisoner on Robben Island during White rule in South Africa.

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People

Report: Actress Remini breaks with Scientology

Actress Leah Remini arrives at the CBS CW Showtime press tour party in Beverly Hills, Calif. in this July 28, 2010 file photo. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File) by Lynn Elber AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Leah Remini is expressing appreciation to fans and others following word of her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.

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People

Stillman names Derrick Yates director of bands

DERRICK K. YATES Professor Derrick K. Yates has been selected to serve as Director of Bands at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He previously served as Interim Director of Bands at Alabama A&M University, where he conducted a 250-member award-winning Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble and Pep Band for twelve years.

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National

FBI releases documents on former NYC Mayor Koch

In this March 23, 2010 file photo, former New York Mayor Ed Koch speaks during a publicity event in New York. The FBI has for the first time released materials from its files on the former New York Mayor, who died earlier this year at age 88. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by Jennifer PeltzAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Documents released for the first time Tuesday from the FBI file on former New York City Mayor Edward Koch detail one of the more obscure chapters of his storied political career: an unsolved plot to paint the then-congressman as a racist by circulating a forged letter, warning the city would become a “ghost town” if voters elected a Black mayor.

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National

Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin

Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had been charged with the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Martin, the unarmed Black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. (AP Photo/John Raoux) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider Associated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.